- 18 Jan 19
Once a year, Danny O'Reilly of The Coronas takes on the mantle of solo performer. This year, he did it in the legendary Listowel venue, Mike The Pies. And he was accompanied by Thanks Brother and Niamh Farrell of Ham Sandwich, for what turned out to be a very special gig...
To say it was a special occasion would be an understatement. We all know Danny O'Reilly as the lead singer with The Coronas – one of the most successful Irish bands of the past decade. But once a year, Danny abandons the comforts of life with the Terenure outfit. He is no longer the frontman with a rock 'n' roll band. Instead he looks, acts – and feels – like a singer-songwriter for a day. Or that is the purpose of the ritual at least: a way of keeping in touch with the inner folk-singer which, one suspects, he might just allow to flourish sometime in the future.
Last year, Danny slung on his acoustic guitar and serenaded a small crowd in a bar somewhere in Donegal, if memory serves. Aiden O'Connor, who runs Mike The Pies in Listowel, got wind of the one-off and decided, long before Danny O'Reilly could even have contemplated it, where the son of Mary Black would be playing in January of 2019.
When Aiden gets on the case, he is irresistibly persuasive. He made the calls. He turned on the charm. His negotiating skills prevailed. Danny stuck it in the diary. Scheduled for the first week in January, for those in the know, there was a feeling that it might be one of the gigs of the year. Aiden gave Hot Press a call. Why don't you come down? We decided to make the journey south.